Redemptive, But Not Always Clear
Release Date: September 09, 2011
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Gavin O’Connor
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WARRIOR is an intense film about two brothers who box in Mixed Martial Arts to make money. One brother, Tom Conlon, had real potential as an Olympic boxer, whereas the other, Brendan Conlon, felt like their father didn’t help support him and train him in the same manner Tom was being supported. The father of the two boys, Paddy Conlon, became an alcoholic, leading to a split in the family, with Tom leaving with his mother and taking care of her during her cancer.
Both brothers have a bitter reaction toward their father, but years pass, and Paddy becomes a Christian and quits drinking. Tom decides to get back into fighting and approaches Paddy about helping train him. Being known to be the best trainer, Paddy openly helps his son, but Tom is still hurt from his father’s actions in the past and therefore doesn’t want a relationship with him other than the training.
At the same time, Brendan is in need of money to support his family. Even though he’s older and out shape, Brendan builds and trains for a big fight. Inevitably, Tom and Brendan have to fight at the same major fight arena, but they still have grudges against each other.
The split between the family is very dysfunctional, the brothers have resentment with each other and at the same time each has resentment of their father. This creates a highly dramatic story line, in which each character feels they weren’t treated in the way they felt they were worth. The question is, will they forgive each other? After many beatings, blood, foul language, and signs of hatred toward each other, they may have forgiven each other. To the viewer, the transformational power of forgiveness isn’t exactly crystal clear as it should be.
All and all, WARRIOR needed some work on developing the plot line. The characters seemed to speak about their trials, instead of showing them. As to who’s the hero in the movie, it wasn’t clear which brother viewers were supposed to support. WARRIOR also contains drinking, lots of fighting violence and some foul language, so extreme caution is advised, despite the movie’s apparent Christian worldview. Media-wise moviegoers probably will prefer ROCKY BALBOA or CINDERELLA MAN.
WARRIOR is involving but needs some help with character development. The characters seemed to speak about their trials, instead of showing them. As to who’s the hero in the movie, it wasn’t clear which brother viewers were supposed to support. WARRIOR also contains drinking, lots of fighting violence and some foul language, so extreme caution is advised, despite the movie’s apparent Christian worldview.